Police nab suspect in Winnipeg nightclub shooting
A suspect in a shooting at a downtown Winnipeg nightclub last year has been arrested, despite attempting a brazen escape from police.
A 22-year-old man was charged Wednesday with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault, as well as a variety of weapons offences and assaulting a police officer in connection to a shooting at the Empire Cabaret.
A 41-year-old woman and three men — one age 35 and two others age 32 — were injured when someone opened fire in the club early in the morning of Oct. 21.
The police street crimes unit found the suspect Wednesday at an apartment building on Jefferson Avenue near McGregor Street.
Sgt. Kelly Dennison said the man did not surrender without a fight.
"When they entered to place this individual under arrest, he basically broke free from officers and attempted to jump off the fourth-floor balcony," he said.
The gun used in the shooting was later found behind a building on nearby McDermot Avenue, police said. The suspect was identified in November, but he was not located until Wednesday.
The same nightclub was the scene of another violent incident last November. Jeff Engen, 24, died after being stabbed by another patron.
No suspects have been identified in Engen's death, which reportedly involved a fight in the club.
The nightclub has been closed since the stabbing, and faces a review of its licence by the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission next week.